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Posted on 19th November 2018 by

Christmas is fast approaching, and sometimes it can be difficult to think of fun and interesting things to do with children and young people over the festive season. So, we thought we would put together a quick guide of some of the amazing things you can do across the North West this Christmas. You’ll be pleased to find out that foster families are spoilt for choice in the North West for Christmas days out. From Santa’s Grotto to magical winter wonderlands, there is something for everyone!

Theatre Shows and Pantomimes

Christmas Pantomime


Step inside the bloomin’ brilliant world of Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas this winter at the wonderful Waterside Theatre in Sale, Manchester. With plenty of live music, songs and playful puppetry, this critically acclaimed adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved book is a delightful festive treat for children to enjoy. There is even the option to have milk and cookies throughout the show! On from the 4th to 31st December 2018, you can find out more here and book tickets.


Belle is dreaming of a happier life but finds herself transported to a cursed castle. Held imprisoned by a hideous beast, placed under a spell by an evil enchantress. Can Belle see beyond the beast and fall in love with her captor? Will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl who he loves? Featuring sumptuous costumes, magnificent scenery and the unmissable and magical transformation moment, it’s a pantomime not to be missed. On from the 7th December 2018 until the 6th January 2019. Live at the Blackpool Grand Theatre, you can find out more and book tickets here.


At the Storyhouse theatre this Christmas: based on the classic MGM musical motion picture, featuring all of your favourite songs. Including Somewhere Over The Rainbow and We’re Off To See The Wizard. Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion on their comical yet heartwarming journey. Also on from the 7th December 2018 until the 6th January 2019. You can find out more about this fantastic family activity and book tickets by visiting this link.

Ice Skating Rinks

Ice Skating Christmas


One of Manchester’s outdoor Christmas ice rinks is located on First Street by Deansgate Locks. As well as ice skating, First Street has plenty of  food, drink and entertainment options to enjoy. You can find out more information on their website and book tickets by visiting this link. This year, Manchester will even have it’s own Ice Village which you can find nearby at Cathedral Gardens. Visitors can enjoy an arctic landscape of frozen beasts and Christmas delight as they navigate through an amazing interactive ice sculpture experience fit for the whole family. You can find out more and book tickets for this fun day out by following this link.


Set within the magical Liverpool Waterfront backdrop, Liverpool Ice Festival transports you into a frozen winter wonderland suitable for all the family. Get your skates on and glide around the ice rink, before feeling the exhilarating thrill of a fast-paced ride on the UK’s longest real Ice Slide. With rides and games, food and drink stalls, and a beautiful Mersey view – there is something for everyone at this enchanting Christmas festival. Find out more and purchase tickets here.

Christmas Walks

Christmas Banner


The twinkling lights have been unravelled and the brightly coloured baubles have been polished ready to bring Christmas to special places in the North West. Seek out clues on Christmas trails, enter a winter wonderland or experience Christmas traditions from the past. For something extra special, wrap up warm to explore the magical, Christmas illuminations at Dunham Massey Hall. Find out more about the fun that foster families can have at National Trust sites this Christmas by clicking here.


Visit The Lanterns this year at Chester Zoo, featuring huge animal lanterns including full scale giraffes, lions and elephants. The long-running family event has been revamped with new animal lanterns and a new route through the zoo. Visitors will be able to experience the zoo in a new way, with a colourful oversized butterfly garden, nordic markets, Christmas trees and a magical ice kingdom. Find out more by visiting their website.

We hope you like some of these idea’s and find them useful over the festive season! If you know of any Christmas activities that we might have missed, let us know and we will add them to our list!

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